Tony Hall
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United Kingdom

European Broadcasting Union



Hall assumed the top position at the world’s most prestigious public broadcaster in 2013, during a low point in its history due to the sex-abuse scandals of former presenters. He managed to assuage political anger, restore public trust in Britain’s long-beloved institution, affectionately called “the Beeb,” and secured funding for the BBC for several years in a hard-won deal with the government. The broadcaster continues to churn out critical and audience hits such as “Fleabag,” “Bodyguard” and “Peaky Blinders,” as well as its world-renowned nature programs. Hall is also spearheading an effort to overhaul the BBC’s iPlayer to span live streaming, catch-up, box-sets and podcasting in a 12-month window rather than the current 30 days. Hall became two-year president of European Broadcasting Union in January 2019. He plans to step down in 2020 as director-general at the BBC by summer’s end.


  • BBC
  • Royal Opera House
  • Royal Television Society


  • Oxford University (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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BBC Appoints Tim Davie as Director General, Succeeding Tony Hall

BBC Appoints Tim Davie as Director General, Succeeding Tony Hall

The BBC has appointed BBC Studios CEO and ex-marketing maven Tim Davie as the successor to Tony Hall.Davie is an experienced BBC operator and is believed to have been interviewed formally in the last week for the role, alongside the other internal candidate, director of content Charlotte Moore.Hall announced his decision to stand down in January and throughout the appointments process, Davie, briefly acting as director general in 2012, has been the front runner.Davie — who is now responsible for...



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